Decades ago, most divorce settlements included alimony. As time passed, alimony became less common, as many marriages featured a two-income household and a no-fault divorce. With every 2.3 people out of every 1,000 inhabitants in Kansas getting divorced, alimony may or may not be a part of your divorce settlement.
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Overview of Alimony in Kansas
Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is assistance through money. It can only occur with people who were once married and are going through and finalizing a divorce. The basis of alimony is that one spouse gives the other financial support so that the receiving spouse can achieve independence. The amount of alimony that is awarded, as well as the type of alimony, is decided by either the courts or the splitting partners.
There are three different types of alimony that can be awarded:
- Temporary - Temporary alimony is alimony that is paid out only during the divorce proceedings.
- Short-Term - Short-term spousal support is also known as rehabilitative alimony. It is usually meant for spouses who can work to become financially independent but need time and financial assistance to find employment. If one spouse is in school or getting job training, this is when short-term alimony could come into play.
- Long-Term - Long-term alimony occurs when it is the only way one spouse can survive after the split. This spousal support will only end if one spouse dies or the receiving spouse remarries.